In that post I told about the building of more square foot beds and adding friendly soil bacteria and fungi. That really paid off, too. In spite of the heat and drought, I came out fairly well.
Oh, yes, the beds were mulched with hay. And I did water the beds nearly every day. Nonetheless, I don’t think ordinary fertilization would have yielded as much.
Candy Hybrid onions aren’t available everywhere, so you may have to search for them, if your favorite seed company doesn’t carry them.
If you try Candy Hybrids, you’ll have wonderful tasting onions as long as they last. And they’d be good for drying down for use later.
For those who think I should have grown heirloom onions, I already grow Egyptian walking onions and a couple of varieties of multiplier onions that reproduce underground. I’m trying yellow potato and white multiplying onions in square foot beds for the first time this fall. I’m eager to see what they’ll be like by next summer.
The poor sweet potatoes I planted in the same bed didn’t have a chance. I’d read somewhere not to plant squash and sweet potatoes together, but I thought the sweet potatoes would have been more competetive.
This variety truly is sweet. It reminded me of a musk mellon, only not as sweet.
I also grew Red Norland potatoes and Swedish Peanut fingerlings, but I didn’t get photos of either variety when I harvested them.
The Red Norlands grew quite large and plentiful. I’m looking forward to growing them next year. Some of the smallest ones went to the bed and breakfast, where they were well liked.
Nearly all of the fingerllings went to the bed and breakfast, where they, too, were a hit.
I’m sold on square foot gardening, especially after this crazy gardening year. Adding friendly soil microbes and a good layer of mulch gave me an edge I don’t think I’d have hadotherwise.
I also grew Red Ripper black-eyed peas in my mini-Hugulkultur bed. While not as many plants came up s I’d hoped, they all did well.
How did your survival garden turn out this year? What do you plan to do next season? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below and let me and other readers know.